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to prohibit the f.a.a. from closing 149 f.a.a. contract control towers due to the furloughing of its air traffic controllers. senator moran is a member of the appropriation subcommittee on transportation. senator blumenthal a member of the transportation committee which both oversee the f.a.a., this is 20 minutes. >> good morning, everyone. thank you very much for joining us on a topic we have been engaged in for a very long time. as you may recall, we made an effort in the continuing resolution to make certain that the issue of air traffic control towers was addressed. the administration had announced the closing of more than 140 towers. we believe, i believe that that's contrary to public safety, and i certainly believe it's unnecessary for the administration to take the position that they are taking. and in fact the amendment that i offered, that we offered was designed to give them clearly the flexibility to avoid the closing of air traffic control towers. you may recall that i made the lea of secretary ray lahood to indicate his support for the amendment. he told me while he would l
to enter into the system. weree old days, before we worried about cybersecurity the faa was concerned -- considered the air traffic system a closed system. it was pretty much that way. now, as we expand the system we have more people introducing things into the system and we modernize the system. as we go to space-based, aircraft are going to become a note in an information system to do collaborative air traffic control. controllers are working with pilots and aircraft. the aircraft have a bigger picture of what is going on. as we introduce those into the closed loop, the information management system on the aircraft, that could be a way to get into the system and could compromise the system. as we open the back of the airplane up to more people using the internet then that is a possible entry into the system through the flight management system. justtleman from germany hewed an android app, how can take over an aircraft going through the automatic broadcast system, which is satellite-based air traffic control, and the flight management system. basic commands -- go here, that reroutes
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